Face masks must be worn by hospital staff ‘at all times’ from tomorrow

Hospital visitors and outpatients will also be required to wear face coverings.

James McKay
14 June 2020
Nurse face mask visor

The new measures are in addition to social distancing rules.

All hospital workers will be expected to wear a face mask “at all times” from tomorrow, Monday 15 June.

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According to the new guidance, both clinical and non-clinical staff will be required to wear a fluid-resistant surgical face mask at all times – in addition to social distancing.

The new measure was announced during the Downing Street daily briefing earlier this month to offer “even greater protection” to hospital workers.

Many have expressed confusion as to why the measure was not introduced during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, with some staff stating they were actively discouraged from wearing masks outside of clinical areas.

Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said; “as the NHS reopens right across the country, it is critically important to stop the spread amongst staff, patients and visitors too.”

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Adding; “to offer even greater protection, we are also providing new guidance for NHS staff in England which will come into force again on the 15 June, and all hospital staff will be required to wear Type 1 or 2 surgical masks.

“And this will cover all staff working in hospital.

“And it will apply at all times, not just when they are doing their life-saving work on the frontline. It will apply in all areas, except in those areas designated as COVID-secure workplaces.”

The British Medical Association (BMA) has called for the new guidelines to apply to all health and social care settings rather than being limited to hospitals.

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Mr. Hancock also announced that hospital visitors and outpatients will also be required to wear face coverings.

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